McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

May 14, 2013

William “Chico” Spears


Submitted report

McALESTER — William “Chico” Spears, 64, of McAlester, died Thursday, May 9, 2013, at McAlester Regional Health Center.

Private services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Bishop Funeral Service of McAlester.

Born June 11, 1948, in McAlester, he was the son of Travis and Fannie (Perteet) Spears. He grew up in the McAlester area and graduated from Crowder High School. He married Betty Marie Benson on March 10, 1967, and they made their home on the same family homestead where he was born.

He worked many years as a truck driver. When he wasn’t behind the wheel he enjoyed “piddling around.” This included things such as mowing, fishing, joking, teasing, buying junk, garage sale-ing and helping friends.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Spears, of the home; a daughter, Kimberly Troussel and her husband, Chris, of McAlester; a grandson, John Troussel, of McAlester; sisters, Lottie Turney and her husband, Bill, of McAlester, Margie Coxsey, of McAlester, and Ruth Ann Beck and her husband, Stan, Carthage, Mo.

Also, brothers-in-law, Joe Benson and his wife, Kathy, of McAlester, Jay Benson and his wife, Wanda, of McAlester, Bo Benson and his wife, Marion, of McAlester; nephews and nieces, Don Lawson and wife, Teresa, Todd Smith and wife, Sonya, David Smith and Eddie Gray, Tommie Hamilton and husband, Billy, Ricky Southard and wife, Rachel, and Frankie Brewer and husband, Steve, all of McAlester, and numerous other nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Travis and Fannie Spears; his son, Tracy Spears, and one sister, Beatrice Lawson.